Verizon trialing new Fios TV features, offering beta testers free year of triple-play service

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In the next iteration of its video service, Verizon is reportedly moving away from QAM delivery. The operator will introduce a new gateway that combines a router with its optical network terminal.

Verizon is currently testing an overhauled version of its Fios TV service and is offering customers participating in the test a free year of triple-play service. 

"You’re invited to be part of a select group of consumers to participate in a trial of some of our newest in-home entertainment features," said an email Verizon sent to select Fios customers, intercepted by DSLReports. "This is a unique opportunity to test-drive these exciting new TV features in advance of general availability to the public."

“Yes, we are currently testing new advanced TV features with a select group of employees and customers,” Verizon spokesman Raymond McConville said to FierceCable. “We don’t have any additional information to share right now.”

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In the next iteration of its video service, Verizon is reportedly moving away from QAM delivery. The operator will introduce a new gateway that will combine its router with its optical network terminal. 

The user interface will also reportedly receive a substantial facelift.

The Verizon email asked customers to fill out a survey. Those selected for the test will receive the new video system ahead of its formal debut later this summer. The update comes as Fios TV has hit the skids in terms of customer growth. The service lost 13,000 video subscribers in the first quarter.